MotoGP Crowns Its 2016 Championship Winner At The Japanese GP

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Pressure can cause dramatic results in any form of competition. Marquez entered the Japanese GP with a distant possibility of claiming the 2016 Championship. To win he needed Rossi to finish lower than fourteenth position and Lorenzo not higher than fourth place.

Marc Marquez was dominant during free practice and had excellent pace. This put Rossi and Lorenzo on the back foot from the beginning. Pressure kept being piled on both Championship contenders during the race as well.

During the race, Marc Marquez took over the lead from Yamaha riders with ease. Rossi was held back for a while, as Lorenzo defended his second place. Eventually, Rossi started pushing and got close to Marquez, surprisingly his front wheel gave way and ended the Yamaha riders race.

Jorge Lorenzo could have kept the 2016 Championship battle alive. Unfortunately, the Spanish rider was battered and bruised from a heavy accident on Saturday. Lorenzo fought hard for his second place, however, he too crashed during the closing stages of 2016 Japanese GP.

Marquez is not a three times MotoGP Championship winner, he has also won in the 125cc and Moto2 class. Repsol Honda rider had to change his riding style and claims his loss in 2015 aided the process. The Spanish rider won 2016 MotoGP Championship at Honda's home circuit.

Three races are still to be contested, Rossi and Lorenzo would fight to secure the second-third place in the Championship. Next race is scheduled for October 23, at the Phillip Island circuit in Australia. All riders are expected to ride with more ease as the Championship is now decided.

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Story first published: Monday, October 17, 2016, 9:39 [IST]
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